interesting facts about St Pauls Cathedral

16 Powerful Facts about St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is a grand Anglican cathedral and one of the most famous landmarks and popular tourist attractions in London. Read on to learn 16 interesting facts about St Paul’s Cathedral.

  1. There has been a place of worship on the site of St Paul’s Cathedral in Ludgate Hill, London since 604 AD.
  2. The Great Fire of London (from Sunday, 2 September to Thursday, 6 September 1666.) reducing two-thirds of the City to a smoking desert and old St Paul’s to a ruin.
  3. The new St Paul’s Cathedral is now a Grade 1 listed building and was designed by the famous architect Sir Christopher Wren (Born 30 October, 1632)

facts about St Pauls Cathedral

  1. Construction of the existing St Paul’s Cathedral started in 1675 and took 40 years to build.
  2. Sir Christopher Wren became the first person to be buried at St Paul’s Cathedral, after he died in March, 1723 aged 90.
  3. Many other famous names are buried here and include Horatio Nelson, Florence Nightingale, Laurence of Arabia and George Washington.
  1. St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most iconic wedding venues in the UK, hosting Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981.
  2. The dome of St Paul’s reaches the impressive height of 111 metres (366 ft) and weighs an equally impressive 66,000 tonnes! 
  3. It was actually the tallest building in London for over 250 years.

St Pauls Cathedral Facts

  1. 259 steps leads up to the magnificent Whispering Gallery, a circular walkway that hugs the base of the dome offering a view of the cathedral floor below.
  2. St Paul’s Cathedral has appeared in numerous films, including Skyfall (James Bond), Mission Impossible, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Mary Poppins, and Laurence of Arabia.
  3. It is also the name of a song by the British band ‘Deaf Havana’, featuring on their 2017 album ‘All These Countless Nights’.
  1. Visiting St Paul’s?  You’ll want to use the London Underground Central Line.  The stop is imaginatively named “St. Paul’s Station”.
  2. There is an admission fee to explore St. Paul’s Cathedral – it currently costs £17 for adult tickets that are bought in advance. (Price correct as of December 2019).  Click here to check up-to-date information.
  3. Cast in 1878, there are 12 huge bells that hand in the north west tower of St Paul’s. The largest ‘tenor’ bell weighs over 3 tons! 

St Pauls Cathedral Facts

  1. There are also three clock bells. The largest, Great Tom weighs over 5 tons, and as well as striking the hours, is tolled on the death of senior members of the Royal Family, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London, the Dean of St Paul’s or the Lord Mayor of London.

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